Antedating of "Gung Ho"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Apr 12 21:06:34 UTC 2014

Here is an example a few days earlier in April 1941 of an individual
whose nickname included "the Kung-ho Jen" which was translated into
English as "the Work-Together Man"

[ref] 1941 February 21, Greensboro Daily News, The First Reader, Quote
Page 7, Column 2, Greensboro, North Carolina. (GenealogyBank)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
How the Indusco Carries On.

A number of writers have re-
ported on the industrial co-opera-
tives--the Indusco--by means of
which small machine shops are
being established in the back areas.
Snow makes an inspiring story out
of the fight of Rewi Alley, the
New Zealander, to establish them.
The Chinese call him Ai Li, Lover
of Dawn, or Pi-tzu, the Kung-ho
Jen--Tall Nose, the Work-together
[End excerpt]

Please double-check for errors.

Here is a raw match in Google Books. The 1940 year may be inaccurate.

Co-op Oil Assn. Fax - Volume 4
1940 - Snippet view
[Begin extracted text]
China's battle cry today is "Gung-ho" which means "Work Together." It
rises above the roar of the invader's artillery, in the whir of
wheels, the clack of looms, resounding in compounds, dugouts, mountain
caves, abandoned temples, and village ...
[End extracted text]


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at> wrote:
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> Here is a slightly earlier instance in February 1941 that mentions the
> Survey Graphic article.
> [ref] 1941 February 25, Greensboro Record, Editorial: China's
> 'Guerrilla Industry', Quote Page 6, Column 1, Greensboro, North
> Carolina. (GenealogyBank)[/ref]
> [Begin excerpt]
> It is the great Chinese In-
> dustrial co-operative movement known as
> Gung-ho, which means "work together."
> Bertram B. Fowler, an expert on the
> American co-operative movement, reports
> on the amazing ramifications of the
> Chinese plan in the current issue of
> Survey Graphic. He epitomizes, Gung-ho
> as follows:
> It is China's answer to brutal invasion
> and strangling blockade....
> [End excerpt]
> OCR errors and other errors may be present. Please double-check.
> Garson
> On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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>> Poster:       "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
>> Subject:      Re: Antedating of "Gung Ho"
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>> I should add that the article says "Condensed from Survey Graphic and appea=
>> ring in the Reader's Digest", so earlier usage of "gung ho" can probably be=
>>  found in Survey Graphic and Reader's Digest.
>> Fred Shapiro
>> ________________________________
>> From: Shapiro, Fred
>> Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:44 PM
>> Subject: Antedating of "Gung Ho"
>> gung ho (OED 1943)
>> 1941 _China Weekly Review_ 19 Apr. 232 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Th=
>> ere is a new battle cry in China today.  It is Gung-ho, and it means "Work =
>> together!" ... Gung-ho is China's answer to invasion and blockage.  It is t=
>> he slogan of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, which have created a syst=
>> em of "guerrilla industry" to supply the fighting forces.
>> Fred Shapiro
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